Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee

Please let us know if you have any recommendations related to SB 58 and the Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee, which is “charged with addressing planning and development needs to integrate Medicaid behavioral health services, including targeted case management, mental health rehabilitative services and physical health services, by September 1, 2014.”

Recommendations are due by February 5th.

Below is the form being used to collect input by the advisory committee. They are seeking recommendations in the categories of managed care contracts, stakeholders communications, HHSC coordination and oversight, quality measures, integration of behavioral health and physical health services, home health pilots, and miscellaneous recommendations. You are more than welcome to submit comments on your own, or send them to me (ghansch@namitexas.org) and I can potentially submit them on behalf of NAMI Texas.

I greatly appreciate your review of these materials and your input.

Thanks,
Greg Hansch
Policy Coordinator, NAMI Texas

Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee
RECOMMENDATIONS

Public Recommendations Requested

Background

The Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee, created by Senate Bill 58 of the 83rd Texas Legislature, is charged with addressing planning and development needs to integrate Medicaid behavioral health services, including targeted case management, mental health rehabilitative services and physical health services, by September 1, 2014.
Directions

Provide a list of 5 to 10 recommendations on the 6 recommended categories. Provide this list is to HHSC by February 5, 2014. Submit the list to BHIAC@litakergroup.com.

List of Categories with Example Recommendation

• MCO Contracts
 Example: Require all MCO’s to authorize services within 30 days.

• Stakeholder communications
 Example: Medicaid recipients should receive information regarding the changes in coverage.

• HHSC Coordination and Oversight
 Example: HHSC to develop a way to better coordinate mental health services across all State Health and Human services agencies.

• Quality Measures
 Example: Measure outcomes of number of hospitalizations for individuals who are receiving mental health rehabilitation services.

• Integration of behavioral health and physical health services
 Example: Make sure billing guidelines are adjusted to allow for integration of behavioral health and physical health services.

• Health Home Pilots
 Example: Choose two areas of the State to implement health home pilots.

• Other
 Example: Please list anything here that doesn’t fit the other categories that you would like to see.

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